The only Formula 1 star to make it into the top 20 of the 2014 Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes is Lewis Hamilton, with Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso making it into the top 100.
Hamilton is set to bank around $32-million this year of which $29 million is his salary from Mercedes and $3 million for endorsements, and although this makes the Briton the highest paid racing driver on the planet it is still way down on top earner Floyd Mayweather – the pugilist will bank a whopping $105 million.
Ferrari driver Alonso is on the same wage as Hamilton, earning $29 million from the Maranello coffers, but his endorsements are a million shy of Hamilton’s gross earnings.
Quadruple world champion Vettel ranked 83rd on the list with his $19 million.
The only other non-F1 racing drivers to appear on the list were NASCAR trio of Dale Earnhardt Jr (28th), Jimmie Johnson (42) and Jeff Gordon (86th).
Currently in Formula 1, apart from the above mentioned trio, only Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button would be commanding big superstar style salaries which would probably see them make the top 200 list if there were one.
Felipe Massa took a big dip in his pay packet after being ditched by Ferrari and signed up by Williams. The rest of the grid would be in the one or two million dollar range, with several drivers paying teams for the luxury of a place on the F1 grid, rather than earning a salary. (GP247)
|#1||Floyd Mayweather||$105.0 M||$105.0 M||$0||Boxing|
|#2||Cristiano Ronaldo||$80.0 M||$52.0 M||$28.0 M||Soccer|
|#3||LeBron James||$72.3 M||$19.3 M||$53.0 M||Basketball|
|#4||Lionel Messi||$64.7 M||$41.7 M||$23.0 M||Soccer|
|#5||Kobe Bryant||$61.5 M||$30.5 M||$31.0 M||Basketball|
|#6||Tiger Woods||$61.2 M||$6.2 M||$55.0 M||Golf|
|#7||Roger Federer||$56.2 M||$4.2 M||$52.0 M||Tennis|
|#8||Phil Mickelson||$53.2 M||$5.2 M||$48.0 M||Golf|
|#9||Rafael Nadal||$44.5 M||$14.5 M||$30.0 M||Tennis|
|#10||Matt Ryan||$43.8 M||$42.0 M||$1.8 M||Football|
|#11||Manny Pacquiao||$41.8 M||$41.0 M||$0.8 M||Boxing|
|#12||Zlatan Ibrahimovic||$40.4 M||$36.4 M||$4.0 M||Soccer|
|#13||Derrick Rose||$36.6 M||$17.6 M||$19.0 M||Basketball|
|#14||Gareth Bale||$36.4 M||$25.4 M||$11.0 M||Soccer|
|#15||Radamel Falcao||$35.4 M||$32.4 M||$3.0 M||Soccer|
|#16||Neymar||$33.6 M||$17.6 M||$16.0 M||Soccer|
|#17||Novak Djokovic||$33.1 M||$12.1 M||$21.0 M||Tennis|
|#18||Matthew Stafford||$33.0 M||$31.5 M||$1.5 M||Football|
|#19||Lewis Hamilton||$32.0 M||$29.0 M||$3.0 M||Racing|
|#20||Kevin Durant||$31.9 M||$17.9 M||$14.0 M||Basketball|
|#21||Fernando Alonso||$31.0 M||$29.0 M||$2.0 M||Racing|
|#28||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||$25.9 M||$14.9 M||$11.0 M||Racing|
|#42||Jimmie Johnson||$23.5 M||$17.0 M||$6.5 M||Racing|
|#83||Sebastian Vettel||$19.0 M||$18.0 M||$1.0 M||Racing|
|#86||Jeff Gordon||$18.7 M||$13.7 M||$5.0 M||Racing|